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Let's all enjoy the party
Peter Gabriel's WOMAD festival could well become Wiltshire's event of the year after a superb weekend of entertainment, played out in glorious sunshine.
I don't know how much the event must be worth to the county but it must run into millions of pounds, not just in the money that flows into petrol stations, shops and pubs from people going to the festival, but also in introducing the county to thousands of people who have never had cause to come here.
They might well be back to hang out at Avebury or look for crop circles, bringing more cash into the areas as a result.
I still think the festival is finding its feet after just two years at Charlton Park. The locals gave it a fairly wary welcome last year, a feeling that was not helped by traffic choking the north of the county to a standstill.
No matter how right on or tourism conscious you are, you are not going to be well disposed towards any event that prevents you from reversing out of your drive for hours on end.
I also think WOMAD organisers need to reach out a bit further than just their immediate surroundings. Schools from the Malmesbury area have had workshops with performers and have been given the chance to sing on the festival stage.
I think the organisers should be looking to do the same with schools from further afield, like in Chippenham, Corsham, Calne, Devizes and Marlborough too.
The event still keeps quite a low profile across the county and we don't really hear much from them until a few weeks before the festival starts.
I think there is so much to celebrate about WOMAD, the rest of the county ought to be invited to the party as well.